Public Policy Fellow

Date Posted: 
Wed, February 07, 2018
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Job Category: 
New York, NY
Company Name: 
Philanthropy New York
Company Information: 

Philanthropy New York is the principal professional community of approximately 280+ private, corporate, family and public grantmaking organizations based in the New York City region, and provides a broad range of services to over 3,500 individual philanthropic professionals and trustees of those organizations. Taken together, our members provide support totaling over $5.5 billion each year to thousands of nonprofit organizations located in New York and around the world, which in turn focus on an almost endless range of issues and concerns. Created as a nonprofit organization in 1979 by New York City-based foundations, Philanthropy New York’s primary mission is to support our members’ work to serve the public good.

Job Description: 

Philanthropy New York, the regional association of grantmakers with global impact, is accepting applications for a two-year fellowship from candidates completing a masters-level or Ph.D. program in public policy, government, social work or related field of study OR recently graduated (May 2016 or more recent) from such a program.

Generally, the fellow will:

- Function as the staff liaison for two-three issue-based working groups. PNY currently manages groups focused on education, health, gender justice issues, justice reform and international grantmaking (PNY also supports the work of other groups housed elsewhere focused on workforce development, youth and food systems). The fellow may also support a Board committee.
- Research and write issue guides on topics at the nexus of the government, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
- Produce content and identify resources for, New York PhilanthroPost and PhilTV.
- Take a leadership role in further developing PNY’s government relations work, helping coordinate outreach to federal, state and city leaders.
- Participate in the execution of issue-focused programs, including working group educational events, PNY’s annual conference and other events as they arise.
- Actively support the work of the PNY Public Policy Committee, which formulates policy positions for our organization.
- Help prepare materials for and attend Foundations on the Hill, the annual gathering of sector leaders to meet with federal officials on issues of concern to the philanthropic community.
- Meet at least quarterly with the philanthropic executives who will serve as the fellow’s mentor.
- Within the first six months of the two-year fellowship, identify a specific, ambitious project to complete by the conclusion of the fellowship. The project could be research, programming, a government relations initiative or something else, and does not necessarily need to be related to any of the issue-based working groups.


Students graduating in Spring 2018 from a masters-level or Ph.D. program in public policy, government, social work or related field of study, OR graduated from such a program in the previous two years (May 2016 or more recently).
Excellent writing skills.
Skills in public policy research and presenting information succinctly.
Interest in the field of philanthropy.
Ability to work independently and apply creative thinking skills to new assignments.
A commitment to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion in all its forms.
The ability to devote two years to learning and development during the fellowship period.
A commitment to working out of our Manhattan office for the entire two-year fellowship period.
Legally authorized to work in the United States or its territories.

How to apply: 

Only applications that include all of the following will be reviewed:

Current resume or Curriculum Vitae of the candidate.
A short description (no more than 500 words) describing how the candidate’s personal history relates to this fellowship’s commitment to bringing more diversity to the field of philanthropy.
A description (up to 1,000 words) describing the candidate’s current professional and topical interests, relating how the Philanthropy New York Public Policy Fellowship could advance the candidate’s career and social change objectives. Applicants are encouraged to include a discussion of the areas about which the candidate is most passionate (e.g. affordable housing, LGBTQ issues, immigrant rights – does not need to overlap with the issues PNY is currently working on) and why.
Optional: Candidates are encouraged to include in their application a writing sample (previously written) that they feel demonstrates their ability to write in a style appropriate to the policy realm.
Submit applications to:

Michael Hamill Remaley
Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Philanthropy New York


Before the Fellow is chosen, the candidate will also be required to produce a brief writing exercise and submit at least two names of academic advisors or previous employee supervisors who would discuss and support the candidate’s application. (See more in application timeline below).

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